Sunday, December 27, 2009

Socialism, Socialism,Socialism! The GOP: The Party that Keeps Crying Wolf!


Socialism, Socialism,Socialism,! Thats all I hear from the Far Right Wing. Never mind that none of it is true (If only it were).

I guess they received a memo from the GOP leadership (Michael Steele) to keep saying Socialism until it sticks. But there is one major problem with this philosophy. What are you guys going to call it if and when the Big Scary Government really does start to implement more Liberal dare I say Socialist Policies?

You can't keep calling it socialism. What are you going to call it? Communism? I think you get my point.

Have you guys ever heard of the story of the boy who cried wolf? That is exactly the state of the Republican Party. They cry and cry and cry to the point that NOBODY takes them seriously anymore. And God forbid they say something that might have some truth to it, nobody even gives it a second thought because they have a history of stretching the truth.

Just for the Record, I am pretty damn Liberal and I don't think anything the President has done comes anywhere close to Socialism. All the True Socialist Policies where enacted under the Bush Crime Families regime. The Warrant-less Wire Tapping the Big Bank Bailouts the over reaching of Government power started with Bush.

He (Bush) spat on the Constitution and and the will of the people time and time again the spent money like drunken sailors and Nobody called it Socialism then. Heck, they didn't even question it.

Now I know Right Wingers will say, "Why you keep bringing up BUSH for? This is all Obama's problem now" Your right it is his problem, but how are you going to solve a problem if you don't acknowledge what caused the problem to begin with.

My advice to the GOP is keep crying wolf. Because trust me we haven't even come anywhere close to Socialism. Yet!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Early political polls are just that, Too Early!!



I would say that Burr has absolutely no chance of winning. The Senate Race will be at the Top of the Ticket and for Burr that will be something new. He got elected in a Very Strong year for Republicans in which we still had 911 fresh on our minds.

Not to mention that he isn't really a dynamic speaker and has very little Political Achievements to hang his hat on.

Then there of course is the State demographics that will work against him. North Carolina isn't as conservative Statewide as the GOP would have people to believe. North Carolina is much more progressive than it is Conservative and that is clear based on the state electing Women and Minorities on a large scale statewide.

Burr to be quite honest with you isn't all that appealing but the GOP can't really challenge him because there wouldn't be a chance of a Primary challenger winning either.

One more factor. Elaine Marshall, Ken Lewis, and Cal Cunningham are going to Run on Burr's Record in the Primary and in the General Election. With all the added attention focused on Burr the lower his numbers will be. Right now people don't really know Burr. He has done a piss poor Job over the years of representing this state. He has relied on Washington way too much and has forgotten his good ol North Carolina Constituents and has focused on the Classic GOP strategy of looking out for Big Business and Special Interest.

Then there is the compare and contrast aspect of it. You put Burr up against any of the Democratic Primary Challengers and it is painfully obvious that he represents a shrinking segment of the states populuation. Cal Cunningham is young energetic, passionate,intelligent and very driven individual. Ken Lewis is a very smart almost cerebral kind of intellectual while at the same time comes off as very personable and engaging. Ken has the capability to galvanized the African American vote if he can get out across the State and let his Face and his name be known. Elaine Marshall is a very experienced and well known politician across the state. Elaine is very well respected and the Women vote will probably come out in strong support of Elaine. So who does that leave as a Base for Burr? Old White Males. And when the Democratic Primary is over make know mistake the party will rally behind the Primary winner and Burrs numbers will drop even further.

I have met Cal Cunningham and Ken Lewis and I hope to meet Elaine Marshall soon. All of these candidates will make far better Senators than Burr ever could. I have made my choice who I am going to support and this is going to be a very interesting and exciting primary and general elections.

Anthony D. Hall

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Liberal Mugged By Reality!



I am getting Tired of Sen. Joe Lieberman. I don't know what to do about it. Throughout this Health Care Debate their have many competing views. I have always support a Single Payer System. There have been "Opt Ins", "Opt Outs", "Triggers" and the Public Option! All these ideas have been kicked around. One thing is clear to me that the people that want real Reform want see this bill as real reform unless there is a Public option in it.

To me that was always the line in the sand on the Progressive side. And I firmly believed that they would hold that line. The Conserva Dems (Blue Dogs) were opposed to a Public Option from the start in FEAR that it would hurt the Big Health Insurance Companies (Like I care about the Health Insurance Companies) and they feared that a Public option would be a Trojan Horse to a Single Payer System (which most liberals/progressives want).

So where did it leave the two sides? Two the Conserva Dems a Public Option was out of the question and to the Progressives any Bill without a Public Option was unacceptable. Something had to give. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decides to get both sides to the table. 5 Conserva Dems and 5 Progressives were sat down and basically told work something out. They did. They came up with a plan to allow people 55 to 64 to buy into Medicare! That couple with some serious Health Insurance reform and a expansion of Medicaid would make up a Pretty Good Bill. It wouldn't be a new Program and it wouldn't be a Public Option.

This is something that both sides could consider a Victory! But Good Ol Joe, still VERY upset with Liberals/Progressives over his failed Democratic Primary decided that if the Liberals/Progressives were happy about this that he wasn't going to support it for that Reason alone. Does that make any sense? That sounds pettie and childish. But that is Joe now. That os what he has become. And of course our President at this point just wants a Bill to sign no matter if it is a Watered Down piece ofLiquid Crap!

I am losing Hope!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Lenoir County Democratic Women Host Reception to Honor Outgoing and Incoming Elected Officials


The Democratic Women of Lenoir County held a Reception at The Gate this past Sunday to honor Fmr. Mayor Buddy Rich and City Councilman Jimmy Cousins and to congratulate Bobby Merritt, Robby Swinson and BJ Murphy on winning their Elections.

People from both ends of the spectrum were in attendance in a show of Bi Partisan Support for The Administration that is taking office. County Commissioners and City Council Members where also in attendance to thank Mayor Rich and Jimmy Cousins for their years of Services to the community and also to welcome BJ and Bobby Merritt into Public Office.

There was The Girl Scouts, singing, and poetry. It was a great reception and everyone appeared to have a great time. I want to personally thank Debra Tyson and Sheila Seymour for organizing this Event and encourage them to host events like this again in the Future.

The purpose of this event was to promote Community Unity and to thank those that are stepping down and at the same time reach out to those that are stepping up. Mayor Murphy has a tough road ahead of him as do all the members of the City Council. And if we all work together that road want seem so tough.

There is nothing this community can't do if we all come together. I said to Sheila that Politics should be the Art of Common Dreams. And what I mean by that is instead of us fighting about all the things we disagree about lets find the Common Ground and work on the issues that we all care so much about and that is rebuilding this community through building relationship and working on our common dreams for Kinston and Lenoir County!

Anthony D. Hall
President - Young Democrats of Lenoir County
252-361-2499

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lenoir County Democratic Women


Lenoir County, no matter what anyone thinks was transformed on Nov. 3rd. The City of Kinston elected its first Republican Mayor since Reconstruction (Congrats BJ Murphy).

With that victory also came claims of the demise of the Lenoir County Democratic Party. Well, let me just say that the reports of our demise have been extremely exaggerated. The divide in the party over who should represent Kinston as Mayor has been well documented.

We should now focus on the work of repairing the divide and healing the wounds of this campaign. The Lenoir County Democratic Women have began the work of moving the party forward at its monthly meeting on Wednesday November 10th. Democratic Women Chair Debra Tyson has provided strong leadership during this transition period in the party. She has a clear vision of what the party needs to do to move forward.

The Guest speaker at the meeting was Sarah Anderson, President of the North Carolina Democratic Women. She is a strong speaker and was able to really energize and motivate everyone in attendance to get up get active and recruit new members, reach out to the community and let people know what the Lenoir County Democratic Women has to offer.

The key to success in any party is being able to increase group membership and raise funds. Sarah Anderson gave some very good ideas of how to do both. I was very impressed with her and the entire Democratic Women Organization.

I urge every women that has an interest to get involved in their community to get in touch with Debra Tyson and the Lenoir County Democratic Women.

They are the heart and soul of the Lenoir County Democratic party.

Anthony D. Hall
President - Young Democrats of Lenoir County
Member - Lenoir County Board of Health
anthony.d.hall@hotmail.com

Friday, October 30, 2009

Why Partisan Elections Matter!


All through out this Municipal Election Cycle people have been talking about the Justice Departments Decision to Reject the Non Partisan Referendum Pushed by Fmr. District 10 Rep. and Fmr. Lenoir County Republican Party Chairman Stephen LaRoque. People (Mainly BJ Murphy) have been complaining that this is so bad for the City and that the Justice Department shouldn't have stepped in and went against the will of the people.

Well I say that is LaRoque didn't try to decieve the people into thinking his motives were pure plus if he would have allowed for wards that the Justice Department would have never ruled against it. But based on WHO they were dealing with (LaRoque) and the Demographics of the City (Not Just Racial but Political) and the lack of Wards in the proposal they had to rule against it. It was the only fair thing to do.

I mean come on. The most partisan guy in the county pushing for "Non Partisan Elections"?

Doesn't that seem a little odd to anyone other man myself? At some point you have to ask yourself what do they gain from this? Glad you asked! Political Power!

There are 11,349 Registered Democrats in the City of Kinston. There are only 1,856 Registered Republicans in the City of Kinston and only 1,818 Registered Independents in the City of Kinston.

WOW! 75% of the Registered Voters in the City of Kinston are Democrat. You would think that if a majority of the city was for "Non Partisan Elections" there would be more Registered "Independents huh?

News flash, their not! It is my opinion that a lot of low information voters weren't aware of the implications of voting for the referendum. They were deceived! There were no letters in the paper at that time opposed to it. I wrote a few but they weren't published.

This has been a "Political Tactic" by the Lenoir County Republican Party to get some of their members into office. Bottom line, point blank, period. Their calculation is that without the party affiliation people will more likely vote off of name recognition thus making the candidate with the most money to push their name on the population the one with the best chance of winning! Knowing that most Democrats vote straight Democrat and that the City is Vastly majority Democrat they had to find away to do away with Party Affiliations. Thus we have the Non Partisan Referendum in a Nut Shell. Some will say that these are the ramblings of a mad man. But just look at who is pushing this the hardest. BJ Murphy and Stephen LaRoque. Laroque fmr. Party Chairman and Murphy Fmr. Party Vice Chair.


Democratically Yours,

Anthony D. Hall
President - Young Democrats of Lenoir County
Member - Lenoir County Board of Health

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Vote For Jimmy Cousins for Mayor of Kinston!



The more I have spoken to Councilman Jimmy Cousins over the last few months, the more I have come to realize that Jimmy Cousins is the best choice for Mayor of Kinston. We can't afford to experiment with Republicans not at this very critical time in our community. We have so many opportunities. It would be a shame to see either one of the Republican Candidates (Earl Harper, BJ Murphy) come in and drop the ball and squander all these opportunities.

We don't need Republicans in office that think Government shouldn't get involved in anything. We need people in office that are confident that if they have the privilege to serve that they can be a Positive influence on Government and can be instrumental in bringing about Real Change to our Town and to our entire Community!

Jimmy Cousins has shown in his years on the City Council that he can tackle the tough problems and work with members of the City Council to handle the problems that the City faces. He has never allowed the "Local Elites" to dictate to him how he should vote on any particular issue. Jimmy Cousins has always voted his conscience and he is a man of Great Character and Personality. When Jimmy Cousins tells you something you might as well consider it the gospel. While it is true that I may not agree with Jimmy Cousins on every issue. I know that no matter what the issue is Jimmy Cousins will do what he thinks is in the best interest of the Citizens of Kinston.

The time for Back room, Good Ol Boy Politics is over. We don't need a Mayor that is beholden to the Special Interest and the extreme Right Wing (BJ Murphy)! We don't need a Mayor that was kicked out of his party and couldn't even hold his seat on the County Commissioners (Earl Harper)!

We need Jimmy Cousins. He is a Proven Leader and has a Record that he will not shy away from. He is proud of his record on the Kinston City Council and feels like he can do more. Jimmy Cousins is giving up his seat on the Kinston City Council to run for Mayor. Not for himself but to give the City of Kinston something that it has been lacking for quite awhile, Real Bold Leadership. A leader that isn't happy with the status quo and will do everything in his power to change it. I urge everyone to Vote For Jimmy Cousins. Early Voting is underway. Get out and Vote!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back Room Politics


I have come to understand that a few of our Elected County Officials are supporting a Republican for Mayor. This wouldn't mean much if they were Republicans themselves. But these Elected officials are "Democrats". Now, I guess I don't understand all there is to know about Politics but you would assume that Elected Officials would support the members of their Party instead of going against the party and supporting REPUBLICANS. I was also told that a certain group of "Local County Leaders" met before filing for local offices was open to decide who should run get their support for Mayor. It was decided by the "Local Elite" some of which are Local Elected Officials that they would support a Republican. These Local Elites urged one candidate not to run and even suggested that they would give the candidate Financial Incentives not to Run for Mayor. With the Back Room, Closed door meeting being adjourned the Local Elites assumed that the Candidate wouldn't run for mayor thus giving their "Chosen One" a better chance of winning. They thought wrong.

Jimmy Cousins, the candidate that the Local Elite tried to push out of the Race decided to put his name on the ballot, giving up his seat on the City Council to Run for Mayor against the wishes of the Local Elites. This of course didn't win Jimmy Cousins favor and support from his fellow Elected Officials that were against him running for Mayor. I say all that to say this, Jimmy Cousins won the Democratic Party Primary and should and desires the Support of every Registered Democrat in the City of Kinston. If Earl Harper wanted the Support of Democrats he should have Registered As A Democrat and ran against Jimmy Cousins in the primary. Instead, fearing that he wouldn't be able to win a primary on the Democratic Side or on the Republican side, Earl Harper decides to run as a "Unaffiliated Candidate" when everyone in the County knows he is a Republican. Earl Harper has even managed to get the support of Two former Lenoir Democratic Party Chairs! My question to Earl Harper what dirt do you have on these people that they would support you a Republican for Mayor over a Democrat that actually ran in the Primary and won? Or maybe is that Jimmy Cousins didn't play along with the rest of the "Click"? I have always wondered just how many Republicans have infiltrated the Democratic Party and to the extent of their influence. I guess I have my answer!



Anthony D. Hall
President - Young Democrats of Lenoir County
Member - Lenoir County Board of Health
anthony.d.hall@hotmail.com
252-361-2499

Monday, September 21, 2009

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

2nd Annual Gantt Watt Reception and what it meant to me.


Yesterday was a great day for the North Carolina Democratic Party. The 2nd Annual Gantt Watt Reception was as we young folk tend to say "Off The Hook". I had the privilege of being around a lot of strong passionate Young Democrats and some not so young democrats. All gathered to honor Harvey Gantt and Mel Watt. Two Titans of North Carolina politics. Being at the reception I felt like in away that Generation is passing the torch to the next Generation of political leaders.

Anthony Foxx is a very impressive individual. I wish every city in the state had someone like Anthony Foxx running for Mayor. But I couldn't get over that feeling of the passing of the torch. Especially after the showed the video of Harvey Gantt speaking about the Races against the much hated Racist Sen. Helms. Gantt said that even though he didn't win those races that we did win because of the number of people that his candidacy inspired, including President Barack Obama. Just like Harvey Gantt inspired Anthony Foxx and Barack Obama, Anthony Foxx and Barack Obama inspire me.

I am 100% confident that I can achieve any goal I set out to accomplish. If I am willing to put in the hours and work at it. They have inspired me to be the Best to set the bar high and go for it. It doesn't matter if you get over it or not but what matters is that you try your hardest so that in the end there are no regrets and no excuses. The Torch has been passed to my generation and I know we are ready for the challenge.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Go Greene For City Council!



I couldn't be more proud of Hilary. She is making a HUGE impact on the community. She is getting people involved in the political process and it that passion and energy that the City of Kinston is in need of.

When you look at what you want in a City Council Candidate you want someone that is going to put the needs of the people above and beyond their own personal needs. Hilary Greene has displayed an willingness to do just that. Hilary has the best interest of Kinston in mind. Hilary Greene may not be the candidate with the most money or political connections. But Hilary Greene is the candidate with the most love and passion for the City of Kinston. And it is that love and passion for the City of Kinston that will propel Kinston to it destiny.

I urge voters to vote for Hilary Greene and support her efforts to rebuild Kinston.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cancer Screening Resolution

As a Member of the Lenoir County Board of Health I submitted this Resolution for discuss and possible vote at our next meeting August 26, 2009.

Resolution proposing Expansion of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control and Prevention Program to include Prostate Cancer, Lung Cancer, Skin Cancer and Colon & Rectum Cancer and changing the name to the “Lenoir County Cancer Control and Prevention Program”.

There is a great need for Free Cancer Screening in Lenoir County. We have a higher Prostate Incidence Rate than the rest of the state. We have a higher Breast Cancer Incidence rate than the rest of the state. Our Colon Cancer Death rate is higher than the states. The Lung Cancer Rate in Lenoir County is higher than the state. We have a serious problem that I don’t feel is being properly addressed. By providing Free Cancer Screenings we will at least be providing preventative measures that will decrease the death rates from these diseases.

Cancer (malignant neoplasm) is a class of diseases in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth (division beyond the normal limits), invasion (intrusion on and destruction of adjacent tissues), and sometimes metastasis (spread to other locations in the body via lymph or blood). These three malignant properties of cancers differentiate them from benign tumors which are self-limited, and do not invade or metastasize. Most cancers form a tumor but some, like leukemia, do not. The branch of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer is oncology.

Cancer may affect people at all ages, even fetuses, but the risk for most varieties increases with age. Cancer causes about 13% of all human deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, 7.6 million people died from cancer in the world during 2007. Cancers can affect all animals.

Nearly all cancers are caused by abnormalities in the genetic material of the transformed cells. These abnormalities may be due to the effects of carcinogens, such as tobacco smoke, radiation, chemicals, or infectious agents. Other cancer-promoting genetic abnormalities may be randomly acquired through errors in DNA replication, or are inherited, and thus present in all cells from birth. The heritability of cancers are usually affected by complex interactions between carcinogens and the host's genome. New aspects of the genetics of cancer pathogenesis, such as DNA methylation, and microRNAs are increasingly recognized as important.

Lung Cancer

More people die from Lung Cancer than from any other type of cancer. This is true for both Males and Females. In 2005 (The most recent year for which statistics are available) lung cancer accounted for more deaths than did breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. In 2005, 90,139 men and 69,078 women in the United States died o lung cancer. That same year, 107,416 men and 89,271 women were diagnosed with lung cancer.

Risk Reduction
Tobacco use is the major cause of lung cancer in the United States. About 90% of lung cancer deaths in men and almost 80% of lung cancer deaths in women in this country have been attributed to smoking. Experts agree on the importance of preventing adolescents from starting to smoke, helping smokers to quit and reducing the exposures to environmental tobacco smoke and other substances known to cause lung cancer.

Prostate Cancer


Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer (other than some forms of skin cancer) and the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States after Lung Cancer. About 62% of all clinically diagnosed prostate cancers occur in men over age 65. According to the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

According to the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control African American men experience higher rates of Prostate Cancer than White men.

Screening
The two most common test used by physicians to detect prostate cancer are the digital rectal examination (DRE) and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test. For the DRE, the doctor inserts a gloved and lubricated finger into the rectum. This allows the doctor to feel the back portion of the prostate (where most prostate cancers begin) for size and irregularities. The PSA Test is a Blood test that measures prostate specific antigen, an enzyme produced only by the prostate. The doctor may use this test to see if the PSA level is within normal limits and to check for any changes in PSA levels compared to previous PSA tests. All information sourced from the Center for Disease Control.

Colon & Rectum

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum. Sometimes it is called Colon Cancer, for short. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel. The Rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus.

Colorectal cancer affects both men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older. For Men, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer. For women colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer among Asian and Hispanic Women, and the third most common cancer among white, black and Native American women.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. If everybody aged 50 or older had regular screening test as many as 60% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

Colorectal Cancer screening saves lives. Screening can find precancerous polyps—abnormal growths in the colon or rectum—so that they can be removed before turning into cancer. Screening also helps find colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure.

Screening Test

Several test are used to screen for Colorectal Cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and an interdisciplinary task force convened by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, or AHCPR all have developed guide lines related to Colorectal Cancer screening.
USPSTF – Annual fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and or periodic Sigmoidoscopy.
ACS – Annual and flexible Sigmoidoscopy every 5 years or total colonic examination with colonoscopy every 10 years or DCBE every 5-10 years.
AHCPR – Annual FOBT and or flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years or total colonic examination with colonoscopy every 10 years or double contrast barium enema (DCBE) every 5-10 years.

Strong scientific evidence shows that when people have either FOBT once a year or flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, there is a reduction in deaths from Colorectal Cancer.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is likely the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types of skin Cancer-basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are highly curable. However, melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is more dangerous, especially among young people. Approximately 65% --90% of melanomas are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light or sunlight.

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect oneself from the sun. When used consistently, sun protective practices can reduce a person’s risk of developing skin cancer.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against routine screening. However, the USPSTF recommends that clinicians be aware that fair skinned men and women aged 65 years or older, and people with atypical moles or more than 50 moles, are at greater risk for developing melanoma and remain alert of skin abnormalities when conducting physical examinations for other purposes.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Top 5 Cancer Death Rates Male and Female in NC

1. Lung & Bronchus……………….59.8
2. Prostate………………………….25.2
3. Female Breast…………………...25
4. Colon & Rectum………………...16.8
5. Pancreas…………………………10.9
Note: Rates per 100,000

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Top 5 Cancer Incidence Rates Male and Female in NC

1. Prostate………………………….146.7
2. Female Breast…………………...118.5
3. Lung & Bronchus……………….75.6
4. Colon & Rectum………………...48.3
5. Corpus & Uterus, NOS………….20.2
Note: Rates per 100,000

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Top 5 Cancer Incidence Rates for Males in NC
1. Prostate…………………………..146.7
2. Lung & Bronchus………………..101.1
3. Colon & Rectum…………………57.4
4. Urinary Bladder………………….34.3
5. Melanomas of the Skin…………..24
Note: Rates per 100,000

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Top 5 Cancer Incidence Rates for Females in NC
1. Breast…………………………….118.5
2. Lung & Bronchus………………...57.2
3. Colon & Rectum………………….41.3
4. Corpus & Uterus, NOS…………...20.2
5. Melanomas of the Skin…………...16.1

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Health Care Reform IS TOP PRIORITY!


Health Care Reform is Top Priority. It is easy for the HAVES to sit on their High Horse and say we don't NEED Health Care Reform when They got Health Care. What about the Millions that don't HAVE Health Care?

Where are all these Compassionate CONservatives at? Oh Yeah, they are only compassionate to their family and friends. They have NO CONCERN for the General Well being of our Community. They only care about themselves.

What amazes me is that alot of these people CLAIM to have read the bill yet they continue to spread lies that aren't even in the bill. Either they can't read that good or they are just plain lying.

Another thing that amazes me is that CONservatives are against a Government Ran Health Care Plan, but they don't want you to touch their Medicaid, Medicare, or their VA plans.

Don't they realize that these are "Government Plans". Ah the "Audacity of Hypocrisy"

Its clear to me that most of these people don't really know what they are talking about when they say they Don't Want Health Care Reform. I just that they don't get laid off and lose their Insurance. Or else I think they may change their tone a little bit about being against Health Care Reform.

Going even further than that, I hope they don't get Cancer, Have a Heart Attack or a Stroke any time soon. As it stands right now if these sickness stem from a "Preexisting Condition" the Insurance Companies that they are Trying to PROTECT will Drop their Sorry Behinds!

But it doesn't matter what anyone says, they are going to listen to Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, over what their Congressman says and the facts right in front of them. How foolish!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Congressman G.K. Butterfield makes visit to Kinston Community Health Center


I was very impressed with the way Congressman Butterfield handled himself to day. He answered every question to the best of his abilities and was very prepared and organized.

It seemed like there were a few Right Wing TOOLS in attendance that tried to create what I like to call a "You Tube Moment". Congressman Butterfield was having none of that. There was a security guard in the corner of the room just in case people decide to get rowdy. I wasn't going to have any of that.

I made the comment that no matter how good you explain and articulate the Health Care plan there are going to be people that are going to be against it even though they will be going against their own best interest. I asked him what are you guys doing to simplify the message so that the average everyday person can understand this very complex bill. Congressman Butterfield said that we have to continue to educate them. I thought to myself, its not that these people aren't sure whats in the bill, they know that what they say is in the bill isn't in the bill, they just don't want Health Care Reform, PERIOD! All the educating in the world isn't going to change their mind.

This is my advice to any Congressman or Senator that is going to have a Town Hall or any other kind of Public Meeting.

Have plenty of Security.

Make sure that it is crystal clear at the beginning that any one that gets loud and try's to disturb the meeting will be removed from the meeting.

Have it in a very small place. Today's conference room was a perfect size. Even if they wanted to they could get that many people in there and the Atmosphere wouldn't allow for that kind of conduct. It would be hard for them to hide in a crowd if there is know crowd to hide behind. You see most of these people are cowards that hide behind a crowd so they can scream and shout to just to disturb the meeting.

All in all the meeting went very well. Congressman Butterfield said that he would not be having Town hall Style meetings. He is opting for basically electronic conference calls. That could work, plus it saves him form having a you tube moment.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Obama hosts Raleigh town meeting on health care

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Time For Health Care Reform is NOW!


One of the most important issues being debated in congress is Health Care Reform. Nearly 47 million Americans uninsured and that number is increasing everyday. Nearly six-in-ten Americans, 59.3 percent receive health care through their employer, and with the unemployment rate is at it highest since the Reagan Administration (9.7 % Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) millions more Americans are at risk of losing their health care due to being laid off from their job.

The President said that “Health care reform is no longer just a moral imperative, it is a fiscal imperative. If we want to create jobs and rebuild our economy, then we must address the crushing cost of healthcare this year, in this administration.” I couldn’t agree with him more. The time for action is now. There is no excuse as to why we can’t get this done. There are many obstacles in they way. The GOP who claim that a Government option will hurt competition (which is crazy because there is no competition in the Health Care industry), The Big Insurance companies that don’t want to compete with the government because they know that it will mean they will have to reduce their price, and Last but not least Centrist/Moderate Democrats some from Conservative States that are afraid of losing in their seats in 2010 or they are they are afraid of losing campaign contributions from Big Insurance companies.

The amazing thing that gives me hope that we can get this done is that we have the votes necessary. As it stands right now there are 58 Democratic Senators in the Senate and 2 Independents that caucus with the Democratic Party, thus giving the Democratic Party 60 votes. 60 votes are necessary to break a filibuster and allow a bill to come to a vote. All the 60 Democrats have to do is vote to end the debate. If they are against the bill they don’t have to vote for it. Technically we only need 50 votes (With the Vice President breaking the tie) it would be very unfortunate if the Centrist/Moderate Democrats worked with the Republicans to Filibuster a Healthcare Reform Bill. So, if the Centrist/Moderate Democrats vote to end the Debate and bring the bill up for a vote basically would that takes the Republican Party out of the conversation and out of the way. They can talk big on T.V. all they want to. They don’t really have a say in the matter.

So, that leaves the Centrist/Moderate Democrats. Sen. Ben Nelson, from Nebraska, Sen. Joe Lieberman, from Connecticut, Sen. Mary Landrieu, from Louisiana, Sen. Evan Bayh, from Indiana, Sen. Blanche Lincoln, from Arkansas and Sen. Mark Pryor from Arkansas. I’m sure I left a few out but these are the ones that were reported to be against a Public Health Care Option. The problem with the Senate Democrats is there seems to be no unity. If they could come together and stand for something instead of fighting each other passing legislation wouldn’t be so hard. I have called each of the Senators offices and the answers I have received have all been the same with the exception of Sen. Nelson office who said that the Senator hasn’t released a statement yet on the issue. They don’t want a Public Option. When, I ask them why almost all of their offices said that it would hurt competition. That argument is absurd. As it stands right now there is NO COMPETIION IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY. And of course that is exactly what I said to them, but they stuck to the script.

With all of these Senators offices responding the same way it makes me wonder if they have been told to respond that way. The Healthcare Industry is spending 1.4 million dollars a day lobbying against a Public Healthcare option. They know what really is at risk, Their HUGE PROFITS. They know that if a Public Healthcare Option is passed that they would have to lower their cost to compete with the Public Option. Yes that means even if you keep your Healthcare that you already have it will cost you less because they will have to reduce their premiums to keep your business. That is the beautiful thing about True Competition, it drives down cost.

For too long Big Insurance companies have had what amounts to a Monopoly on the Healthcare Industry. That needs to come to and end. They are in the business to make money, I understand that. That doesn’t mean that they care about providing affordable Healthcare. I submit to you that providing affordable Healthcare is the least of their concerns.

According to the Center for American Progress, Health care costs are escalating four times faster than wages and the cumulative cost of premiums increased 91 percent from 2000 to 2007. These are staggering statistics. I am very passionate about this issue, and that is what I ask from the readers of this column. Get out there, Get Active, Get Informed, and Get Involved. I know that many of you may think that what you have to say doesn’t matter and that you can’t make a difference. Well, I disagree. I say that if every single one us fight for Healthcare reform it will happen. The members of Congress work for us. We are their constituents not BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES. Tell your congressman and Senators to support The Public Healthcare Option. Call Congressman Walter Jones, Call Sen. Richard Burr, Call Sen. Kay Hagan. We must let them know just how important this is to us. The First step in rebuilding the Middle Class is passing Real Healthcare Reform with a Public Healthcare Option.


Anthony D. Hall
Lenoir County Board of Health

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Obama NAACP Speech (VIDEO)



This speech is Classic Obama. He has a way to communicate with people that gives you a sense that he is the guy next door but also that he's the smartest guy in school. It's amazing how he is able to bridge that gap between being Cool and Smart. Obama inspires me to go back to school and get my masters degree and I will go back to school and get my masters.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

President Obama throws out first pitch of 2009 All Star Game



The President showing everyone that he is a man of the people. Mean look at that throw. That is BIG League Stuff! I love the fact that he came out there Representing South Side Chicago. Thats where it all really started for him and he hasn't forgot it.

Monday, June 29, 2009

US Senate Candidates come to YDNC Meeting

I was very impressed by both Cal Cunningham and Kenneth Lewis. Both of these men are very talented individuals who clearly have the best interest of North Carolinians in mind when they decided to run for US Senate against the Weak and Ineffective Richard Burr. Either candidate would be more than a match for Burr and would give us our best chance ever at getting TWO Democratic Senators in the Senate. I sensed that everyone in attendance felt the same way. I also sensed that both men respect each other and I don’t think that this primary will be a dirty one. I hope that all the potential candidates run a good hard clean campaign and effectively lay out their views and ideas on the issues in away that is clear and concise. No matter who wins the primary I feel that the winner of the Democratic Primary will be the Next senator from the Great State of North Carolina. Both men were open to the idea of coming to Kinston and speaking and I can’t wait to get them here.



Monday, June 15, 2009

South Carolina GOP activist and former chairman of the state elections commission Rusty DePass IS A RACIST and a BIGOT!



I don't want guys like him to even attempt a Fake Apology! We all know he really doesn't mean it! The best thing for him to do is SHUT UP, and stay out of the cameras and fade away! Don't run for anymore Public Offices and just stay out of politics. You see, this is just one of the many reasons why I would never be a Republican. They are the Party that embraces Racist and Bigots! It doesn't matter that I am totally opposed to just about all of their policies.

They are RACIST! I believe the vast majority of them think the way he does. I really do. I haven't seen any reason to believe other wise. Their actions speak for itself. Then they try to apologizes. PLEASE! I am sick and tired of them thinking an apology is enough to make up for what he said. It came from his heart! That is what he is! There is no need to apologize for being the Racist Bigot that you are especially when you don't mean it!

The Republican Party has a long history of making these kinds of comments only to apologize then have one of its members make another comment down the road echoing the a previous comment. Over and over, and over again. It is the samething. How can anyone believe that they are anything other than racist? Especially since they keep saying the same hateful racist things? What I want is National Republican Leaders to come out and denounce this man. I want ALL REPUBLICANS TO DENOUNCE THIS MAN. But they want because they believe the way he does just most of them aren't stupid enough to say it in a public forum. Most of them aren't some just don't care.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Where The Religious Right continues to be Wrong!


In the wake of the Tragic MURDER of Dr. Teller at his Church of all places it leads me to think who in there right mind could do something like that. What gives them the Right to place judgement on any person? Teller was an Abortion Doctor that performed late term abortions that most Dr.'s wouldn't do. This made him a Target for the Religious Right! The most hypocritical group of people on the Planet. The Group that hollars and screams about LIFE is DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF AN INNOCENT MAN THAT COMMITTED NO CRIMES.

Where is the outcry from the Religious Right over his DEATH? There is none. They are probably glad that he isn't alive to perform any more abortions. They are probably Proud of what happened and they probably see his murderer as a hero.

The Biggest problem I have with the Whole abortion issue that the Religious Right keeps complaining about abortions and overturning Roe V. Wade and all that but they have NO Plans to provide assistance to low income mothers. Instead they call them Welfare Queens. They don't want to have be on government assistance because it takes away from their tax dollars. But yet they want women to have babies that they can't take care of or afford just because it makes them feel better knowing that the baby wasn't aborted. Give me a Break. The Religious Right Wants to have babies but they don't want to help you take care of them. They don't want you to have Health care for them. They don't want you to have AFFORDABLE COLLEGE EDUCATIONS so you can get a good job and raise your family. With all that being said what in the hell do they want? They want the POOR to remain POOR and the Rich to remain RICH! They could care less about whether someone can take care of the babies or not they just want you to have it and if you can't take care of it put it up for abortion. Don't they know that it will end up costing the state in taxes if the government has to raise the child anyway.

The Religious Right doesn't have the moral high ground and they need to stop acting as if they do. They should be ashamed to call themselves Christians because their actions aren't even close the Christ Like! I am reminded of a famous quote, by a Great Man:
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
Mohandas Gandhi

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

3 Old Men















I got this in an email and I thought this was so true. We go through our lives looking for all three of these things and sometimes I think we get distracted by the desire to have Success, and Wealth that we forget about Love, True, Real Love.

We need to show our Wives Love! Show our Kids Love! Show our Friends and Family Love! And all so Show Love to Strangers. Show Love to People you don't Agree with! And show Love to your enemies. Love is a very powerful thing.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Kinston Recreation Gymnastic Show 2009 (starring my daughter Dianthony Anigne Hall)




I was so proud of her last night that I decided to post the video on You Tube and on The Hall Report. There were groups from all different levels there. My daughter is the only one with long sleve tights. She is amazing. I want to let them all know that they did a great job!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The BURRden of TRUTH


When you have the type of record that Richard Burr has it is amazing that he even shows his face in public, let alone the fact that he is seeking a second term in the senate. He should just gracefully back out of politics now while he still has a little bit of honor and dignity left. Richard Burr is in the Fight of his life against an opponent that doesn't even exist yet. There isn't even a Democratic Challenger (well officially anyway) and his race is a toss up. Which means that when we do finally have an Official Challenger for Burr that he stands little chance of retaining his senate seat. It is so bad that I could probably run for US Senate against Burr and win.

The Problem with Burr is that he is so UNKNOWN! And the people that do know Burr aren’t all that impressed with him. So you got to ask the question how the hell did this guy win the Senate seat to begin with? Good question. Well, lets start by saying that Burr was already in congress thus he had a lot of support from his buddies in the US House of Representatives and in the Senate. They knew him far better than most people in the state of NC and they campaigned real hard for him. Also he ran against the Perfect opponent in Erskine Bowles. Bowles refused to run any real Dirty Ads, while of course the Republicans ran all the Dirty Ads in the Book. Plus Moderates wanted someone that they thought would be “Strong on Defense” the War in Iraq and Afghanistan was underway and they didn’t want to take a chance on Bowles. Well lets just say that since then we have found out that the entire premise for war was bogus and the Administration and the Republicans in Congress TRICKED US into going into War in Iraq based of of FALSE INTELLIGENCE.

I believe that with out the War in Iraq Bush wouldn’t have won a Second Term and Kerry would have been the President, and Burr probably wouldn’t have won his senate seat either. NOW, the tables have turned and the Truth has been revealed. We KNOW WHAT THE NEO-CONS did to get us into WAR and we want to know the ENTIRE TRUTH. But until then we will systematically remove every CONservative Senator from Congress that we can Starting With Richard Burr.

North Carolina has decide to turn the page on its CONservative Past and head towards a Progressive Future. A bright Future with President Barack Obama leading the way, with Governor Perdue and Senator Hagan supporting him and his Progressive Agenda it want belong for this country to turn around and we start to see some real Progress.

But first we must take care of Business. We have to get rid of Richard Burr. This will send a message through out the south that NEO-Conservatism is DEAD, and if the other Republican Senators want to hold on to their seat then they should Moderate their Stances on Key Progressive and Social Issues and I mean NOW! Burr isn’t he only Senator on the Hot Seat. We need to KEEP THAT SEAT HOT UNTIL HE GETS BOOTED OUT OF IT.

For those of you that say, well I don’t know Burr, is he really that bad of a senator the answer is YES. He is that bad and then some. His voting record really doesn’t do him justice. He is a “Follower of the GOP Overlords” like Mitch McConnell, Rush Limbaugh, John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and John McCain. He just does what ever they Say even if it isn’t in the best interest of the Citizens of the Fine state of North Carolina. Because he doesn’t really care what we want. He only cares about his Future and status in the Republican Party. Don’t take my word for it just look at his voting record.

BURR ON HEALTHCARE
• Voted YES on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
• Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
• Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
• Voted YES on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (May 2006)
• Voted NO on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
• Voted NO on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
• Voted NO on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
• Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
• Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
• Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
• Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
• Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
• Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
• Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
• Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)

BURR ON EDUCATION

• No Child Left Behind provides opportunity to compete. (Sep 2004)
• Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
• Voted NO on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
• Voted NO on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
• Voted NO on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
• Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
• Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
Rated 40% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)

BURR ON CIVIL RIGHTS

• Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Sep 2004)
• Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
• Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
• Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
• Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
• Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
• Rated 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
• Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)

BURR ON ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

• Voted NO on addressing CO2 emissions (May 2008)
• Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
• Voted NO on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
• Voted NO on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
• Voted NO on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
• Voted NO on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
• Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
• Voted NO on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
• Voted YES on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
• Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
• Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
• Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
• Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
• Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Open the Outer Continental Shelf for oil & gas leasing. (Jun 2008)
• Voted NO on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
• Voted YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
• Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (May 2001)
Rated 10% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

BURR ON A WOMANS RIGHT TO CHOOSE

• Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
• Voted YES on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (Oct 2007)
• Voted NO on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
• Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002)
• Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001)
• Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)
• Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)
• Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
• Rated 75% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (Dec 2006)
Apply 14th amendment protections to pre-born fetuses. (Jun 2008)

BURR ON HOMELAND SECURITY

• Voted YES on removing need for a warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
• Voted NO on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
• Voted NO on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
• Voted YES on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (Apr 2008)
• Voted NO on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
• Voted NO on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
• Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
• Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
• Voted NO on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
• Voted NO on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
• Voted NO on permitting commercial airline pilots to carry guns. (Jul 2002)
• Voted YES on $266 billion Defense Appropriations bill. (Jul 1999)
Rated 11% by SANE, indicating a pro-military voting record. (Dec 2003)

BURR ON FREE TRADE

• Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Dec 2007)
• Voted YES on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
• Voted YES on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
• Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
• Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
• Voted NO on withdrawing from the WTO. (Jun 2000)
• Voted YES on 'Fast Track' authority for trade agreements. (Sep 1998)
Rated 33% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)

BURR ON IMMIGRATION

• Voted NO on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
• Voted YES on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
• Voted NO on eliminating the "Y" nonimmigrant guestworker program. (May 2007)
• Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
• Voted NO on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
• Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
• Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
• Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
• Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Is Specter's Departure A Wake Up Call For GOP???


Arlen Specters departure from the Republican Parties sent shock waves all through out Washington DC, and the entire Nation. BUT! I don't think it is a Wake Up call. The Wake up call should have been the election. When they lost more seats in the House and Senate. Specters decision is more personal. He can't win as a Republican in his STATE. It is that simple.

The Republican Party made a decision that they weren't going to support Arlen Specter. Basically they kicked him out and he came running to the Democrats.

The Republican Party thought they could get rid of Specter in the Primaries. They Didn't really think that he would switch Parties. They mis calculated. Again. Arlen Cares more about his SEAT than being labeled Republican or Democrat.

At first I thought, WOW! This is going to be great. We will get that 60 Vote majority once they seat Al Franken and the President want have any trouble passing his agenda. But then I looked a little closer at Arlen Specter and realized that he isn't going to be a easy stone to turn. He is a True Independent who isn't likely to vote the Democratic Party line.

So the question must be asked is it really in the Democrats best interest to have Arlen Specter? In the Short term YES!!!! We can use Arlen, lean on him and force him to support as much of the Presidents agenda as Possible. If he decides to go along then, we support him in the Primaries. If he decides to buck the Party like he did the Republicans than we RUN a STRONG PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT AGAINST HIM IN THE PRIMARIES. It really is that easy. The Democrat must be Pretty Well Known in Pennsylvania to make this work.

We really only need Arlen to help get Health Care passed. That is the one big issue that MUST be PASSED NOW! If Arlen comes on board and supports it People on the Left shouldn't fight Arlen on the other issues! At any rate it is a win, win for the Democratic Party. Either way it all but assures that there will be TWO DEMOCRATIC Senators from Pennsylvania. And that is the Key.

As for the Republicans. This is what they wanted all along. In some way or another. They wanted to "PURGE" the party of Moderates. They have almost succeeded. The Problem is they haven't kept any seats. They have done a good job of Getting Moderate Dems Elected instead of CONservative Republicans. I hope they keep this "PURGEING" process going. Because if they continue it will all but assure that the Republican Party will remain in the Minority at least until 2020.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Real Walter Jones



Walter Jones has sponsored 132 bills since Jan 4, 1995. of which 122 haven't even made it out of committee and ONLY 6 were successfully enacted.

Is this ALL Eastern NC is worth 6 little Bills! What has he been doing all this time while he has been in Congress? I will tell you, NOT MUCH! Well let me take that back. That might not be fair to Walter Jones.

He has fought Against Education, Health Care, Civil Rights, A Woman’s Right To Chose. He has also done a lot of fighting FOR Big Oil and Big Multi National Corporations. His idea of Tax Reform is Keep cutting Taxes for the Rich. His ideas on Crime and Law enforcement resemble the stance of Lock them all up and let God Sort them out.

He has shown very little leadership in the National Political Scene. He hasn’t been all that involved in State Politics. And he has been all but ABSENT in NC US House District 3. It is time to CHANGE the Direction of NC US House District 3 by getting rid of Walter Jones.

Jones is a far-right Republican according to GovTrack's analysis of Bill sponsorship. In a time when North Carolina wants to go in a different Direction electing the First African American President and the First Female Governor of the State, (both Democrats by the Way) it is time for NC US House District 3 to REJECT Far-Right Wing NEO CONservative Republican Ideology. The First step in doing so is by voting out Walter Jones. Just take a look at his record. Ask yourself is this what you want for Eastern NC?

Walter Jones on Education

· Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects.

· Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance.

· Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges.

· Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror.(Nov 2001)

· Voted NO on requiring states to test students.(May 2001)

· Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools.(Aug 1998)

· Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools.(Nov 1997)

· Abolish the federal Department of Education. (Dec 2000)

· Let schools display the words "God Bless America" (Oct 2001)

· Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes.(Dec 2003)

· Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer.(May 1997)



Walter Jones on Health Care


· Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health.

· Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids.(Jan 2008)

· Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility.(Oct 2007

· Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients.

· Voted YES on allowing re-importation of prescription drugs.(Jul 2003)

· Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance.

· Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits.

· Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage.

· Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)

· Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts(Oct 1999)

· Abolish federal Medicare entitlement; leave it to states. (Dec 2000)

· Rated 33% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues.

Walter Jones on Civil Rights

· Voted NO on Banning job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

· Voted YES on constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman.

· Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage.

· Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)

· Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions.

· Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)

· Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record.

· Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)

· Rated 39% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action.

· Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)

Walter Jones on Abortion

· Voted NO on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.

· Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)

· Voted YES on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions.

· Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life.

· Voted YES on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info.

· Voted YES on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad.

· Voted YES on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000)

· Voted YES on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999)

· No federal funding of abortion, but no litmus test. (Dec 2000)

· Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating an Anti Choice voting record. (Dec 2003)

· Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating an Anti Choice stance. (Dec 2006)

· Grant the pre-born equal protection under 14th Amendment. (Jan 2007)

Walter Jones on Energy & BIG OIL


· Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation.

· Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)

· Voted NO on investing in homegrown bio-fuel. (Aug 2007)

· Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)

· Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refineries. (Jun 2006)

· Voted YES on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy.

· Voted YES on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)

· Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels.

· Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)

· Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)

· Repeal the gas tax. (May 2001)

· Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence.

What other Groups say about Walter Jones

· Rated 30% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

· Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)

· Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to Progressive taxation.

· Rated 10% by CURE, indicating anti-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)

· Rated 70% by the US COC, indicating a pro-business voting record.

· Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence.

· Rated 0% by NARAL, indicating an Anti Choice voting record. (Dec 2003)

· Rated 100% by the NRLC, indicating an Anti Choice stance. (Dec 2006)

· Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record.

· Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)

· Rated 39% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action.

· Rated 33% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues.

· Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

· Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration.

· Rated 92% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)

· Rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)

· Rated -30 by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance. (Dec 2006)

More about Walter Jones

· Walter Jones sponsored 15 Earmarks Fiscal Year: 2008 worth $30,266,000.

· Voted YES on authorizing military force in Iraq. (Oct 2002)

· Voted NO on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

· Voted NO on the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act of 2008.

· Voted NO on the TARP Reform and Accountability Act (Jan 2009)

· Voted NO on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for Women (Feb 2009)

· Voted NO on the Children's Health Insurance Program Feb 2009


Source info from: http://www.ontheissues.org/NC/Walter_Beaman_Jones.htm

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The GOP: The Party of NO Ideas!



The GOP, stands for the Grand Old Party but now the GOP stands for the Grand Obstructionist Party. I know that sounds catchy but it is True. During this whole Economic Crisis that we are facing the only answer they had to the problem was to Stop the President from Solving the Problem. Their answer was to SAY NO,and try their best to get in his way. To Obstruct the President from implementing policies that will bring about change.

The GOP, stand for the Party of NO. They say NO to every Progressive Policy that the President has suggested. The entire time they are saying NO they Refuse to work with the President. Instead they continue to Fight for the same failed Policies that got the Country into the mess we are currently in. On top of all that they totally want to forget everything that happened over the last 8 years as if they had no role to play in the countries demise.

Let's not forget Who and What got us into this mess. The WHO is George W. Bush, and the Republican Lead House and Senate. The What is NEO-CONSERVATISM. If any of you don't really understand what NEO-CONSERVATISM is I suggest you check out this link:

http://hallstyle.blogspot.com/2008/10/what-is-neo-conservatism.html

My point is that if you have been watching the T.V. lately you see a lot of Republicans on T.V. trying to Revise History and Down Play George W. Bush's role in our Current Crisis and try to Blame this squarely on President Obama. Hello! The man has only been in office for a little over 50 days. How dare these guys come on T.V. and suggest that they aren't responsible for the situation we are in.

Not only are they the Party of NO, they are the Party of Grand Hypocrisy! All last week the GOP (Grand Obstructionist Party) had the Audacity to come on T.V. talking about the Ear Marks and all the Pork Barrel spending in the Budget,(that by the way they put together last year under President Bush). 40% of the Ear Marks are REPUBLICAN EAR MARKS! The very people TRASHING THE BUDGET because of the Ear Marks in it HAD EAR MARKS IN THE BUDGET. All except John McCain of course because the Ear Mark issue is the only issue he really cares about. This was a issue that the President Promised to reform not to do away with. The President didn't to fight over the Budget, the Republicans did. Of course they lost, again. The President even had to call them out for their Hypocrisy. Saying the Very people crying about the Ear Marks would be touting them in their Districts come election time. Well he didn't say quite the way I did but you get the point.

Yet through all the Republican Crying and Belly Aching they provide NO REAL SOLUTIONS TO ANY OF THE PROBLEMS WE FACE.

They Have NO IDEAS! The only answer they have is to continue CUTTING TAXES FOR THE RICH. New FLASH the Rich don't NEED ANY MORE TAX CUTS! The People of America NEED JOBS! When will these Republicans Get it? Trickle Down Economics Doesn't WORK! The Reagan Strategy of the 80's doesn't work! It didn't work then it sure isn't going to work NOW! Yet they continue to say the same thing over, and over , and over again. Their are some people who are gullible and will believe what ever they hear but The VAST MAJORITY of the of the people in this Country don't TRUST, OR BELIEVE them anymore. They insult the intelligence of the American People every time they talk. The People that support the Republican Party (The Rich Campaign Contributors, and the Special Interest Groups) are the only ones that believe what they say because their ideas and policies will benefit them not the Average American Citizen.

The Republican Party are really good as deceiving people. Even at the Local Level. Republicans Like Stephen LaRoque have done a good job of Deceiving the People they want to Represent. They don't want honest debates, they don't want the TRUTH to be heard. They don't want EVERYONE involved in Politics. They want the Rich Elites of Society to Govern the Poor and Middle Class. They don't want the Poor and Middle Class to have a say! They don't want EVERYONE TO HAVE HEALTH CARE. They don't want EVERYONE TO HAVE A COLLEGE EDUCATION. THEY DON'T WANT THE PEOPLE TO RISE UP. They want to keep their foot on our throat! They want us to be quit. They want us to look the other way! Well I say NO! No to the GOP's Failed Ideas! No the Party of Hate and Division! No to Far Right Wing Ideology! I say NO to NEO-CONSERVATISM. I SAY NO TO THE PARTY OF NO!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Right Wing's Greatest Fear


The Political Debate is heating up in Washington DC and around the country. The Good News is the Republican Party's True Leader has finally shown himself. The Bad news is that there leader is probably one the least liked men in America. I'm not surprised at the Direction the Republican Party has decided to go. When they lose they always go HARD TO THE RIGHT. Right Now in the United States Rush Limbaugh embodies that Far Right Movement. Unfortunately for them the Members of this Movement are out of touch with the American People and out of touch with reality.

The Fact is The President still has a pretty high approval rating well over 60% even with the economy in shambles and unemployment going through the roof. Do you know why? Because the American People Realize that he didn't cause this mess that we are in and that he is doing everything he can to get us out of the mess BUSH created. I hope He succeeds.

The GOP and their Leadership (Rush Limbaugh) hope he FAILS. The problem with that is if he fails that would mean that President Obama didn't create the jobs he promised, he didn't come through on health and education reform like he promised. It would mean that he backed tracked on his promise to get out of Iraq. These are the Metrics on which President Obama will be judged if he fails on these issue it will have a devastating affect on the American People. This is what they want.

It's real simple, if Obama Succeeds the American People will recover from this Economic Crisis and they will Give him the Credit in 2010 and 2012. Thus driving the NEO-CON Republican Obstructionist Party deeper in to exile and obscurity. They will be seen as only getting in his way, slowing him down instead of actually being apart of the Recovery. They know that. This is why they WANT him to fail.

If Obama Fails then that means unemployment increases to over double digits and the stock market continues it collapse, more and more people are in foreclosure, more banks fail and GM, FORD, Chrysler all collapse into Bankruptcy. This is the best case scenario for the GOP because then maybe they will win a few more seats in the house and senate. That is what it is all about. This is why they want him to fail to gain a little more political power.

This why their Biggest Fear is that Obama will succeed. There are a few Senators in the Senate that are in BLUE STATES that are up for Reelection in 2010, Arlen Specter for one. They are afraid that our good Senator Richard Burr want be able to hold on to North Carolina since NC is the Newest BLUE STATE. They are afraid of Losing a few more seats in the House of Representatives. Who knows maybe Rep. Walter Jones will finally face defeat in 2010.

Many seats that the Republicans always thought were safe seats will automatically be up for grabs if President Obama is successful and can bring about the change that America needs. So get ready because these guys don't want to lose power. They will pull out all the cheap dirty trick in the book to STOP Obama from succeeding. Because they know that if President Obama Succeeds then the American People will succeed and they (The GOP Grand Obstructionist Party)will fail...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Obama Gives Troop Withdrawal Date From Iraq at CAMP LEJEUNE



The President has announce what the entire world has been waiting to hear, that there will be a end to this useless and unneccesary war in Iraq. Although there will be a residual force in Iraq up until the end of 2011, I believe this is a huge step towards regaining the respect of our neighbors around the world.

Leaving Iraq, plus closing down the prison at Gitmo has shown the world that the United States of America has decided to reject the Foreign Policy the Failed Bush Administration. I can imagine what BUSH probably said when President Obama called him informing him about his decision. The Karl Rove/BUSH/Cheney Regime has offically been disbanned and it is time to heal the Country from the damage that they have inflected.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

President Barack Obama’s Speech to Congress, and my take on it.


The President gave a great speech last night. He eased the concerns of all Americans. He reassured those that have been supportive of him and gave confidence to those that have opposed him. He let the American people know that, yes we are going engage in serious investments in Health Care, Infrastructure, Job Creation, Economic Recovery and Education. While at the same tine doing everything he can to try and draw down the debt. He has assured the public that fiscal responsibility will also be a staple of his administration. WOW!

What stood out the most to me was that the President guaranteed that Health Care would get done this year. That is a pretty BOLD statement coming form a pretty bold guy. Surely he understands what he is up against. The Obstructionist Party are going to do everything in their power to get in his way. The President was unapologetic about standing up for and promoting Strong Progressive Policies to move this country Forward. He realizes that it is Governments job to advance Social and Economic Issue regardless of what the Republican Do Nothing Obstructionist Party says.

This is an exciting time to be a Democrat. It is an exciting time to be a Progressive. It is an exciting time to be an American. When you have a leader that has the ability to rally the troops they way he does, it makes you feel that anything is possible. This is the mentally we most approach every problem we face. We can't be scared. We can't be timid. We can't sit back and do nothing like the Republican Party has done over the last 8 years. We need to Boldly focus on moving this country forward. You don't do that form the Top Down like Ronald Reagan suggested with his supply side economics often called Trickle Down "Reaganomics", you do it from the bottom up. You expand the middle class, you make education, and health care affordable, you rebuild your infrastructure, you create jobs instead of giving tax breaks to companies that send jobs overseas. And with his Leadership we will recover from this crisis.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Gov. Charlie Crist says President Obama is our Leader!


When I Heard what Charlie Crist said yesterday immediately my Political Mind kicked in and said well he is making a calculation that I have suggested Republicans do for a long time, that if the Republican Party really wants to survive as a party that they need come back to the middle.

The Main Stream of the Republican Party are what most people would consider Conservative. But the Vast Majority of the People in America are in the center. And this past election has proved that the center is leaning left. Inspite of any fake numbers these NeoCONs want to throw at you that is a fact. During the whole campaign the right was saying Barack Obama is the most Liberal Candidate for President Ever. And yet this Centrist Country elected him President any way. That to me would suggest that THE PEOPLE of this Country are Center Left.

Charlie Crist is in a State that went for Obama. It would Political Suicide for him to come out Too Strongly against our President. I never would have imagined him fully endorsing his plan or hosting an event for him.

Like I said he realizes that if he is going to have a future as a Politician in Florida on the National level it Will be done from the Center, not the Far Right!

Friday, February 13, 2009

We Need Single-Payer Healthcare Now! Support HR 676 Today!



Thom talks about HR 676, a bill in the US House of Representatives that will give us Single Payer Healthcare for all Americans. Thom discusses how this will help stimulate the economy and make the US more competitive on the world stage. Call House Majority Whip Congressman James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and ask him to whip up support for HR 676:
202-225-3315.

Thom Hartmann is the VOICE OF THE PROGRESSIVE Movement. If you don't know about Thom by now I suggest that you seriously check out his Weekly Radio show on Air America Radio, The Thom Hartmann Program from 12:00pm to 3pm East Coast Time, 9:00am to 12:00pm West Coast Time. Also check out his website thomhartmann.com.

No More BiPartisanship!


Judd Greg drops out as Nominee for Secretary of Commerce. Another failed attempt at Bi Partisanship. How could Gregg just totally disrespect President Obama Like that. The Time for Bi Partisanship is over. I understand that Obama did what he thought was right. Had I been in office it is safe to say that Bi-Partisanship would have never been in my mind. Doing what is right for the country is the job of the President, not trying to make everybody on the RIGHT happy.

Ideologically the Right isn't going to agree with the Direction that Our President is going to take the country. We should talk to a few moderates, that's it. But we need to make it clear that a few moderates aren't going to Re Write the entire bill. If they don't like that then they should filibuster. I would let them filibuster then I would do a nightly address every night letting the American People know why thousands of Americans are still losing their jobs, the Republican Obstructionist Party is the Reason for Thousands of Americans losing their jobs. I would let the American People know that I tried to be nice and that isn't what the Republican/Obstructionist want. Then we will see how long the filibuster would have lasted. I venture to say that it wouldn't have lasted very long at all.

Sorry to say that due to the Leadership in the Senate we will never know how long the filibuster would have lasted. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs to grow a pair! The Senate Leadership needs to stop acting like they don't call the shots. They do. The Republicans only want to WEAKEN AND WATER DOWN any bill that comes out of the House. We can't let this happen to the Health Care Bill when it comes up for debate. We need to start standing firm NOW! I want be PUSHED OFF my Position on Universal Health Care. Nor will I compromise. We don't have too. We need to wake up and realize that we have the power not them. The Far Right is WRONG!!!